Remember when, as a kid, you walked into a convenience store that had a wall of slushies, all lined up and calling to you? That is how we feel as grownups about boozy slushies. This was the first recipe we ever designed specifically as a frozen beverage. Since then, we could fill pages with our boozy slush recipes. The trick with frozen beverages is that you need enough water in them for them to freeze appropriately. This has to do with both the sugar and alcohol content. If it isn’t freezing the way it should, add a little water to it and refreeze.
This is one of our favorite Derby Week cocktails here in the Bluegrass. It is exactly right for all of the house parties that happen here for Derby week. Make a big batch and then be prepared for all of the text messages next week when your guests are asking for the recipe. If you are serious about your slushies and want to use a slush machine, many rental places will have them for rent.
Bourbon Slush- yields ~one gallon
5 cups brewed tea
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups orange juice
1 cup 7 syrup (can also substitute simple syrup)
3 cups Bourbon
1 cups water
Mix the first six ingredients and freeze in a plastic container with a lid. Fill glass ½ way with ice. Scoop frozen slush into glass and top with Prosecco or sprite or ginger ale for a less boozy option. Garnish with oranges and cherries. Make sure you can stand up before you go get another one.